In an earlier posting we looked at ways to do small group communications without the internet:
along with several ways to do ‘remote computing’ or isolate attacks and intrusion to single “honey pot” or “proxy” systems:
(Apropos that last one, even on PBS Public Broadcasting Service today, they had a story / interview with an I.T. tech guy giving them ‘lessons’ in how to get a ‘burner’ phone and do clandestine phones in a non-traceable way. Seems that the A.P. has had a drying up of folks willing to be sources, given the old Government Proctoscope of the phone records… so expect the news to be dull for a while… BUT, when PBS is talking about ways to “go dark” and thwart government surveillance, well, it’s “interesting times”.)
We even looked at things like encryption with TrueCrypt AES, and hard to trace routing with TOR and The Onion Router… but you really need to look at the folks who do this stuff day in and day out to get an idea where real creativity can take you… While looking up how to make a new Torrent file (so I can share old v2 and v1 version of GHCN back to the world) I landed on a Raspberry Pi reference from a real Pirate Downloading site. Clearly I’m not the only one fascinated by the potential a $35 credit card sized computer board brings to things…
We were down a few hours earlier today. There’s no need to worry, we haven’t been raided this time. We’re only upgrading stuff since we’re still growing.
One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines. They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location. We have now decided to try to build something extraordinary.
With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.
We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.
But when time comes we will host in all parts of the galaxy, being true to our slogan of being the galaxy’s most resilient system. And all of the parts we’ll use to build that system on will be downloadable.
Posted 03-18 2012 by MrSpock
As my R.Pi has 30 GB of “stuff” on it being fed via torrent to the world, all from one SD card, it’s clearly effective. About 4W all told? Maybe less… CPU runs at about 10% use tops for that, and one likely doesn’t need the card with the ethernet on it for “radio” use. The whole thing is less weight and power than the onboard radio controller. So pretty darned easy to fit into a very small drone.
As I’m mostly serving GB sized O/S releases (especially very old ones that are hard to find these days, but work on very old equipment…) and music files are smaller, there’s a lot of music would fit on one R.Pi torrent server.
But it does have me wondering… Just how far can one of these connect to a downlink site, if it’s a mile up? “Small group” communications could end up being a many mile radius with some decent antenna design (directional, down) and some added power. (Hey, if already illegal, might as well go for it…)
So anyone who’s a private pilot, if you see a drone up there with a Pirate Flag on it, leave it alone… thousands of poor school kids are depending on it for the latest ripped movies and music! ;-)
Also, once you have these in the air, adding some directional antennas at the 4 compass points lets them “mesh” over many square miles. Ought not to take more than a half dozen of them, and a satellite phone uplink to the rest of the Internet World, and any group can be ‘kept on the air’ short of armed attack…
Somehow I think the Control Freaks who have taken over European and U.S. government have finally taken a bite too far… When you have Pirates and PBS and a “white hat hacker” from “your team” (i.e. me…) all lined up together on the same side; well, it’s just got to mean something. I’m more used to working with the folks with badges and on government contracts. I’m sure the folks at A.P. and certainly at PBS (that lives on government largess) are more than a little uncomfortable to find themselves classed with the Pirates – to be raided and monitored and probed. But that’s what happens when “government” starts acting like “power hungry tyrant wanna be”. Folks figure out that “we are outside the tent being pissed on” pretty quick, and everyone starts looking for umbrellas, no matter who has provided it.
So now we have toy makers providing what will shortly be classed as “munitions” if I can predict my Tyrants In Training correctly. (Hey, the Apple G4 was a “munition” and not exportable early on as it was a damn fast code breaker and encryption engine ‘in the day’…) I guess it’s time for a visit to the local hobby shop or model airplane meet, just to see what they’ve got. Perhaps even something in the model boat department too… Lots of places are on the water front…
It’s kind of amusing to watch how the “push back” builds. How folks who had once been sneered at now become a reference… I find myself thinking things like “An Eye Patch also buggers up the facial recognition”… and pondering a line of eye patches that you can see through, but look opaque from the front side… while a Pirate Hat can cover a lot of hair color and shade the face nicely. Add in a ‘blouse’ with overly frilly collar / neck piece and some pants with “poofy bits” that make it hard to pick out build… Perhaps those styles of the 1500 to 1700s can make a come back… The notion of a person in Pirate Dress launching a high tech robot airplane has a certain bizarre attraction to it..
Argh, maties, thar be Onion Routing on that thar Drone autonomous access point… and maybe even a PBX / phone anonymizer…
Somehow I think the future is going to be a bit weird and not at all like I expected a few years back… I wonder if I’ll look good in a 3 cornered hat and eye patch?…